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Spain is 'most popular destination' for Brits

Official figures have revealed that Spain is still the most popular destination for British holidaymakers.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), holidays in Spain accounted for 27 per cent of overseas breaks in 2007, with over 12 million visits to destinations such as Alicante and Murcia.

ONS figures also show that Brits are taking more holidays abroad than ever and that trips overseas have risen by 56 per cent in the last decade.

"The volume of expenditure by UK tourists abroad has also risen over the years.

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Top tips for 'friendly holidays'

With one in ten friendships ending after holiday mishaps, a company has compiled a list of top tips for groups heading abroad this summer.

According to Essential Travel, Brits can ensure they have stress-free holidays in Spain and other destinations by sharing the planning with friends and keeping group numbers down.

Friends should also decide in advance whether they will be splitting bills or paying for food individually.

In addition, families are advised to think long and hard before jetting abroad with another clan.

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Holidaymakers should 'choose prepaid currency cards'

Brits taking holidays in Spain this year have been advised to opt for a prepaid currency card.

Foreign exchange specialist Caxtonfx said that UK banks will be collectively charging £754 million for overseas transactions this year, representing a six per cent increase on 2008.

Some credit cards charge around £1.50 per transaction and impose additional "loading" fees, meaning that once their tan has faded, holidaymakers could be left with a hefty bill.

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Head to Alicante for May bank holiday

The Easter bank holiday weekend may have just passed but no doubt millions of Brits are already making plans for the next one.

Those looking to get away at the start of May should consider a holiday in Spain.

According to budget airline bmibaby, there are plenty of events taking place in Malaga and Alicante, including the May Crosses.

"The cobbled streets, balconies and town squares are adorned with huge flower decorations in the shape of crosses.

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Holidays in Spain 'will always be popular'

Holidays in Spain will remain popular, despite the strength of the euro, it has been claimed.

Sean Tipton, a spokesman for Abta – The Travel Association, said this week that Spain will always be popular with British holidaymakers and is likely to remain the country's most frequented overseas destination.

"12 to 13 million UK holidays are taken in Spain each year. It is so dominant [that] even if numbers go down, it will still be number one," he explained.

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The airline extras Brits 'want to pay for'

Those taking flights to Spain and other destinations increasingly find themselves lumbered with extra charges from airlines. However, it seems there are some extras that people would not mind paying for.

A recent poll by flight search engine Skyscanner revealed that 16 per cent of passengers would happily pay extra for a seat beside the pilot in the cockpit, while 15 per cent would splash the cash for internet access.

Further results show that 14 per cent would pay more to be seated away from children, with 13 per cent of long-legged passengers admitting they would spend more for extra room.

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Holidays 'make or break friendships'

A group holiday in Spain has the potential to cement a friendship or crumble its foundations, a new poll has revealed.

Research by Essential Travel has revealed that, although one in four people are planning to holiday with friends this summer, one in ten friendships have been ended by trips abroad.

Common reasons for Costa Blanca bust-ups include disagreements over money and friends moping over their partners back home.

Commenting on the findings, Philip Jordan, marketing director of Essential Travel, said: "Just because you enjoy the same bars, fashion and music, doesn't mean you'll have the same attitudes towards holiday activities, spending and chores.

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All-inclusive holidays are 'ideal'

Brits looking to save money this year may wish to consider an all-inclusive holiday, it has been suggested.

Speaking earlier this week, Thomas Cook said that all-inclusive breaks are perfect for those looking to manage their budgets.

"An all-inclusive holiday is ideal if you want to stick to a tight budget, as you will pay for meals, drinks and some activities in advance," a spokesman for the company commented.

Holidaymakers could also consider taking a ten-day break rather than a fortnight in order to keep costs down, he added.

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Brits 'jeopardise travel insurance cover'

More than a million holidaymakers could be putting their travel insurance in jeopardy by failing to disclose their medical conditions, it has been claimed.

According to research carried out by Sainsbury's, 1.3 million Brits with pre-existing medical conditions travelled abroad last year without telling their insurer about their health problems.

Of those polled, 15 per cent said they did not tell their insurance provider due to fear of being refused cover.

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Holidaymakers 'opposed to check-in fees'

More than a third of British holidaymakers say the idea of paying to check luggage in outrages them.

In a recent poll by Holiday Extras, 38 per cent of people said they would not be willing to pay for a suitcase to be carried in the hold.

However, nine per cent said they would be happy to avoid extra charges on flights to Spain and other destinations by just taking hand-luggage.

David Stratton, a spokesman for Holiday Extras, said that the majority of short-haul airlines have now introduced charges in a bid to encourage passengers to carry less luggage and check in online.

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